FAQ

How do I book a session? Reach out to me the Contact Form, Facebook Message, or by phone. We can talk about your needs, answer any questions you may have, and set up a time and date for your session. A down payment of 50% is required at the time of booking. All major credit cards are accepted.

What does the session fee include?

    • Pre-session consultation to choose a location, discuss your expectations, and answer any questions you may have.
    • Travel time to location within approx. 30 minutes of Saukville (see map).
    • A special preview of the shoot on Facebook and/or the Rustic Photography Blog.
    • A private, online gallery of 20-30 retouched digital images within 2 weeks of the session.
    • Access to top-of-the-line photographic products including prints, wall art, photo books, and more.
  • *Please note: no digital files or other products are included in the session fee. Products can be purchased ala carte.*

Why do you only schedule sessions for the early morning or evening? The first several hours and the last several hours of the day truly offer the very best lighting, so that’s when I prefer to book sessions.

Do you offer indoor sessions? Rarely. I prefer to shoot outdoors, using natural lighting. I do make exceptions for senior or housebound pets when necessary.

What if the weather is bad? Overcast, cold, hot, snowy, rainy… we all know Wisconsin weather is ever-changing. I will keep an eye on the forecast leading up to your session and we will confer if Mother Nature seems to be against us. Keep in mind, partly cloudy skies can offer wonderful lighting opportunities, and some amazing pictures can come from less than stellar weather conditions, however, if we need to reschedule we will.

What if my pet is not well trained? No worries! I’m after the image that most truly captures the spirit and unique character of your pet whether they’re a diva, a wild child, or a total goofus. Some training can be helpful in getting an image, but is by no means a requirement. The more relaxed your pet is, the less pressure put on them by you or me, the more their unique qualities will shine through.

What about leashes/halters/etc? Safety is our top priority. Most shoots are accomplished with the animal on a leash or lead rope and these can be edited out in post-production by request on any ordered image. Halters, harnesses, and collars, however, require much more editing and will only be removed from the image by special request, and for an additional fee.

What about grooming? A good brushing is usually all that’s required. Remember, we want to highlight the essence of your animal companion, their true nature. Unless we are working with a show animal, or you will be using the images for commercial purposes, there is usually no reason to go for the full, all out grooming beforehand. Eye boogies and minor dirt spots can be edited out in post production.

Do you take action shots? Absolutely! I love capturing your companions cavorting and kicking up their heels. I especially enjoy photographing animals doing what they were bred to do, or working in unison with their human partner. In those situations, I will work with you to highlight those aspects of the sport or job not normally captured. In fact, I offer a special Action Session for just that purpose.

Can I be in the photos, too? In short, yes, of course. The bond we share with the animals we welcome into our hearts is deep and abiding. The trust, understanding, and unconditional love are beyond words and measure. Although my forte is highlighting the character of an animal, I can’t ignore the special relationship they share with the person in their life. If you are looking for an intimate, relaxed expression of that relationship, we can certainly incorporate that into your session, however my primary focus will always be your animal companion. If you are looking for a family portrait, I would have to decline, and point you toward one of the many fantastic area photographers who make that their specialty.

What if I need to cancel? It is a fact that life is unpredictable. If you need to cancel, please contact me as soon as possible. Cancellations made prior to 10 days before the session are fully refundable. Cancellations made later than that are non-refundable, however, they may be rescheduled for a later date.

Do I have to buy prints or other products? Most people who are looking to hire a professional photographer do so out of a desire to create a lasting memory in the form of prints, wall art, or even a memory book. There is no minimum order, but please note that no digital images, prints or other products are included in the session fee.

Why am I being required to sign a model release? This is a standard legal release signed by the subject of a photograph or, in this case, the owner of the animal companion. The release grants the photographer permission to publish the photographs in any form they chose.